If you don't know why Apple's diverse emoji are big deal, there's a study for that.
More than 8.6 trillion text messages are sent each year all around the world.
Seriously. 8.6 TRILLION text messages annually.
A ton of those are sent by Apple phones — the company has sold over 500 million iPhones since launching the product in 2007. It's safe to say that a huge percentage of the people who sent those messages do not look like this:
So pretty much everyone with an iPhone who doesn't look like that is pumped because Apple has officially jumped on the emoji diversity train.
Here's how you do it.
Why does this matter? DNews explains:
More representation = more empathy. More empathy = less racism.
Unfortunately, until everybody updates their iPhones, these diverse emoji may appear as little "aliens" — which is some icky symbolism.